Rochester Report: Week 11

Despite winning two of three the previous week, the team needed a strong week to overcome last week’s loss to Charlotte that ended the week. When looking to continue their ascent up the standings, gaining wins as well as points is crucial throughout the year and continuing to do so will put them in a strong position as the year progresses.

#Top ScorersGPGoalsAssistsPoints
39J.S. Dea57152439
17Sean Malone58121830
22Zach Redmond5952530
15Andrew Oglevie55151429
19C.J. Smith50121527

December 11: vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (W 4-2)

In their final game of this homestand, the Amerks opened the scoring with Curtis Lazar (6) at 7:04 of the first period, as both teams finished the first period with nearly identical shot totals. However, the second would see Rochester vastly outshoot their opponent 13-4, but would still manage only one goal, courtesy of Jean-Sebastian Dea at 7:17 for his ninth of the year, nearly identical to when Lazar scored in the first.

Although both teams were unable to find the back of the net for a majority of the third, Andrew Oglevie scored his team-leading 10th goal with over seven minutes remaining, which was followed by CJ Smith (4) doubling lead in the third.

Despite Jan Drozg and Sam Miletic scoring to cut their team’s deficit in half with only a couple minutes left, the Amerks were able to end their homestand with a 4-2 win. Andrew Hammond (9-2-2) made 20 saves on the game after almost earning another shutout, continuing his dominant start.

December 13: @ Laval (W 3-2)

In the first of a back-to-back series in Laval, Casey Nelson got the Amerks off to a fast start, with his fourth of the season only 53 seconds into the game.

The lead wouldn’t last, as Charles Hudson’s power-play goal tied the game about a minute and a half later. With just over six minutes to go in the first, Sean Malone (6) scores a short-handed goal to give Rochester a 2-1 lead after twenty minutes of play. As the second began, Laval’s scoring chances would increase throughout the game but did not result in goals in the second period, which saw Jonas Johansson stop all 13 shots for the Amerks.

As the final period got underway, Eric Cornel (5) helped Rochester double their lead to 3-1, and would be a crucial goal as Nikita Jevpalovs trimmed Laval’s deficit back to one.  That would be the closest the Rocket got, as Rochester earned the 3-2 win for their second straight despite the Amerks being outshot in the game 37-20. Johansson (8-2-2) finished the game with 35 saves and gave the Amerks the chance to win three straight on the road.

December 14: @ Laval (W 5-0)

After earning the win last game against the Rocket, Rochester continued where they left off, as a Zack Redmond power-play goal (4) gave his team the lead with over 7 minutes left in the opening period. The Amerks continued to earn scoring chances in the second, similar to what they did in the first, and just over five minutes into the second, John Gilmour scored his first goal as an Amerk to double their lead. Although the score through two periods was only a 2-0 Rochester lead, they held a double-digit lead in shots (23-13). However, the third period saw an offensive explosion, beginning with Jean Sebastian-Dea (10) scoring on the power-play just 14 seconds into the period.

C.J. Smith (5) scored the Amerks’ third PPG of the game at 4:44 to build a four-goal lead. Brandon Hickey’s first goal of the season at the eleven-minute mark was the final goal of this game, as the Amerks earned another shutout in a 5-0 win. Andrew Hammond, in earning his fourth shutout on the year, made 27 saves, and along with a 3/5 effort on the power-play and 3/3 on the penalty kill, it was a strong night on all fronts for the Amerks.

Currently, on a three-game win streak, the Amerks will enter this next week playing a home-and-home series with Binghamton (20 pts) and will end the week hosting Utica (33 pts), who the Amerks have succeeded against this season. After spending a few weeks behind Toronto in the division, they were finally able to surpass the Marlies, and with an 18-4-2-2 record (40 pts) through 26 games, Rochester can continue to solidify their status and with Casey Mittlestadt joining the roster, that’s another player who can contribute to the team’s immense success thus far.

10/04/19vs. Syracuse CrunchW 3-2 (OT)
10/11/19@ Springfield ThunderbirdsW 2-1
10/12/19@ Providence BruinsL 3-2
10/13/19@ Hartford Wolf PackW 3-2 (SO)
10/18/19vs. Cleveland MonstersL 4-3 (SO)
10/19/19@ Utica CometsL 7-1
10/23/19vs. Hershey BearsW 5-1
10/26/19@ Syracuse CrunchW 7-6 (OT)
10/27/19@ Springfield ThunderbirdsL 2-1 (OT)
10/30/19vs. Providence BruinsL 4-3
11/01/19vs. Binghamton DevilsW 4-2
11/02/19@ Utica CometsW 6-0
11/08/19vs. Binghamton DevilsL 4-3 (SO)
11/13/19vs. Syracuse CrunchW 4-3
11/15/19vs. Cleveland MonstersW 4-3 (OT)
11/16/19@ Utica CometsW 4-3
11/22/19vs. Hartford Wolf PackW 4-0
11/23/19@ Binghamton DevilsW 4-2
11/29/19vs. Toronto MarliesL 3-2 (OT)
11/30/19@ Cleveland MonstersW 3-2
12/04/19vs. Toronto MarliesW 4-0
12/06/19vs. Charlotte CheckersW 4-0
12/07/19vs. Charlotte CheckersL 3-1
12/11/19vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsW 4-2
12/13/19@ Laval RocketW 3-2
12/14/19@ Laval RocketW 5-0
12/18/19@ Binghamton DevilsL 2-1
12/20/19vs. Binghamton DevilsW 3-0
12/21/19vs. Utica CometsW 4-3
12/27/19vs. Belleville SenatorsW 4-3
12/28/19@ Binghamton DevilsL 2-0
12/31/19@ Utica CometsL 3-2
01/03/20@ Belleville SenatorsW 4-3 (OT)
01/04/20@ Toronto MarliesL 5-2
01/08/20vs. Binghamton DevilsL 4-3 (SO)
01/10/20vs. Belleville SenatorsL 5-1
01/11/20@ Syracuse CrunchL 5-4
01/17/20vs. Cleveland MonstersL 4-3 (SO)
01/18/20@ Lehigh Valley PhantomsL 4-0
01/19/20@ Hershey BearsL 4-1
01/22/20@ Cleveland MonstersW 3-2 (OT)
01/24/20vs. Laval RocketW 5-2
01/25/20@ Syracuse CrunchW 3-2
01/31/20vs. Syracuse CrunchW 4-2
02/01/20@ Binghamton DevilsW 3-2
02/05/20@ Cleveland MonstersW 4-2
02/07/20vs. Syracuse CrunchL 5-2
02/08/20@ Toronto MarliesL 4-0
02/11/20@ Charlotte CheckersL 4-2
02/12/20@ Charlotte CheckersL 5-2
02/15/20@ Syracuse CrunchW 4-3 (SO)
02/16/20vs. Utica CometsW 3-2
02/19/20vs. Belleville SenatorsL 3-2 (OT)
02/21/20vs. Lehigh Valley PhantomsW 3-2 (OT)
02/22/20vs. Cleveland MonstersL 3-2 (OT)
02/26/20vs. Utica CometsL 3-2 (SO)
02/28/20vs. Laval RocketW 4-2
02/29/20@ Syracuse CrunchL 4-2
03/04/20vs. Utica CometsL 3-1
03/06/20@ Belleville SenatorsW 5-3
03/07/20@ Belleville SenatorsW 4-2
03/11/20vs. Binghamton DevilsL 5-2
03/13/20vs. Syracuse Crunch7:05 PM
03/15/20@ Cleveland Monsters3:00 PM
03/17/20@ Toronto Marlies1:30 PM
03/20/20vs. Springfield Thunderbirds7:05 PM
03/21/20vs. Springfield Thunderbirds7:05 PM
03/25/20vs. Toronto Marlies7:05 PM
03/28/20@ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins7:05 PM
03/29/20@ Bridgeport Sound Tigers3:00 PM
04/01/20vs. Utica Comets7:05 PM
04/03/20vs. Syracuse Crunch7:05 PM
04/04/20@ Syracuse Crunch7:00 PM
04/08/20@ Utica Comets7:00 PM
04/10/20vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers7:05 PM
04/11/20@ Binghamton Devils7:05 PM
Robert Janish, Jr.
Robert Janish, Jr.
One of the most memorable Sabres games I ever attended was the line brawl against the Senators, which Buffalo won in a shootout, 6-5. I can't wait for the day when playoff hockey returns to Buffalo. I graduated with a Masters in Sport Administration, and a Bachelor's in Political Science & Communication Studies from Canisius College.
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